J Korean Med Sci.  2020 Feb;35(7):e86. 10.3346/jkms.2020.35.e86.

Viral Load Kinetics of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in First Two Patients in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Incheon Medical Center, Incheon, Korea.
  • 2Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. moberrer@nmc.or.kr
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Division of Viral Diseases, Center for Laboratory Control of Infectious Diseases, Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Cheongju, Korea.
  • 6Department of Laboratory Medicine, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

As of February 2020, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak started in China in December 2019 has been spreading in many countries in the world. With the numbers of confirmed cases are increasing, information on the epidemiologic investigation and clinical manifestation have been accumulated. However, data on viral load kinetics in confirmed cases are lacking. Here, we present the viral load kinetics of the first two confirmed patients with mild to moderate illnesses in Korea in whom distinct viral load kinetics are shown. This report suggests that viral load kinetics of SARS-CoV-2 may be different from that of previously reported other coronavirus infections such as SARS-CoV.

Keyword

Coronavirus; SARS-CoV-2; 2019-nCoV; COVID-19; Viral Load Kinetics

MeSH Terms

China
Coronavirus
Coronavirus Infections
Humans
Kinetics*
Korea*
SARS Virus
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Viral Load*
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